Jessica Deichmann

Jessica L. Deichmann is a Research Biologist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Her work largely focuses on problem solving via interdisciplinary biodiversity conservation and sustainability research. Dr. Deichmann identifies key environmental and climate challenges created by infrastructure development and industrial operations in high biodiversity ecosystems, primarily in the Americas and Africa. Using a science-based approach, her team generates evidence to mitigate impacts and support the efficacy of nature-based solutions, and the results are utilized to inform best practices for sustainable ecosystem management that produce co-benefits for nature and people. Dr. Deichmann earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Colorado State University and a PhD in biological sciences from Louisiana State University. She is a founding member of the Women in Nature Network. She can be reached at